Spirituality

  • Nahjul Balagha Part 1, The Sermons
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    The English translation (accompanied with original Arabic text) of the supremely eloquent sermons of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him). Nahjul Balagha contains 240 sermons given by Imam Ali (a), dealing with a wide variety of topics including our existence, relationship with the Almighty, building a God-fearing personality, and the Imam's (a) reflections upon historical incidents.

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  • Forty Hadith, An Exposition
    by: Ayatullah Sayyid Imam Ruhallah al-Musawi al-Khomeini

    Detailed commentary on 40 selected traditions narrated through the Prophet (S) and his Ahl al-Bayt (a) on topics of ethics and spirituality, including jihad al-nafs.

    Second revised edition.

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  • Nahjul Balagha Part 2, Letters and Sayings
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    The English translation (accompanied with original Arabic text) of a collection of letters and sayings of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him) that provide divine wisdom and eternal guidance for his followers.
    The Sermons of Imam 'Ali can be found here:http://www.al-islam.org/nahjul-balagha-part-1-sermons

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  • Adab as-Salat: The Disciplines of the Prayer Second Revised Edition
    by: Ayatullah Sayyid Imam Ruhallah al-Musawi al-Khomeini

    A detailed explanation of the strict disciplines and moral secrets of prayer, written by Imam Khomeini for the general public.

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  • Light Within Me
    by: Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari, Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn at-Tabataba'i, Ayatullah Sayyid Imam Ruhallah al-Musawi al-Khomeini

    Introduction to Irfan, stages of the spiritual journey, guidance and perfection, Interpretation of Sura al-Hamd, and the Invocation of Sha'baniyah.

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  • Lantern of the Path
    by: Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq ('a)

    A collection of Hadith by the sixth Imam (as) on knowledge, behavior, remembrance, prayer, and fear of God.

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  • Eternal Manifestations
    by: Ahmad Luqmani

    A collection of eighty spiritually uplifting stories from the life of Allama Tabatabai (ra) showing his dedication to Islam and his striving at attaining nearness towards Allah.

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  • Eternal Manifestations
    by: Ahmad Luqmani

    A collection of eighty spiritually uplifting stories from the life of Allama Tabatabai (ra) showing his dedication to Islam and his striving at attaining nearness towards Allah.

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  • Mi’raj, The Night Ascension
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    Mi'raj in the Qur'an, physical ascension, traditions relating the events which occurred during Mi'raj.

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  • Mi’raj, The Night Ascension
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    Mi'raj in the Qur'an, physical ascension, traditions relating the events which occurred during Mi'raj.

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  • Spiritual Journey of the Mystics (Suluk al-Arifan)
    by: Haj Mirza Javad Agha Maliki Tabrizi

    Etiquette and codes of special deeds performed by Allah's most sincere servants during the Holy Month of Ramadhan; the self-restraint and asceticism practised by them during these worships and the self-purification achieved by them.

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  • Self Building
    by: Ayatullah Ibrahim Amini

    A detailed description of special deeds as performed by God's most devoted sincere servants during their lives, the self-restraint and asceticism practiced by them during these worships, and the spiritual purification achieved by them. Original Persian title: Khud Sazi wa Tahzib wa Tazkiyeh Nafs.

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  • Jami' al-Sa'adat (The Collector of Felicities)
    by: Muhammad Mahdi ibn abi Dharr al-Naraqi

    Meaning and Origin of Akhlaq, Moral Virtues and Vices, Diseases of the Soul and their Treatment, and Vices of Power and Passion.

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  • Jami' al-Sa'adat (The Collector of Felicities)
    by: Muhammad Mahdi ibn abi Dharr al-Naraqi

    Meaning and Origin of Akhlaq, Moral Virtues and Vices, Diseases of the Soul and their Treatment, and Vices of Power and Passion.

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  • The Elixir of Love
    by: Muhammad Rayshahri

    Spiritual lessons on the love of Allah (swt) from the life of the 20th century spiritual exemplar, Shaykh Rajab Ali Khayyat. Includes anecotes from his life and practical ethical advice for living a spiritual life.

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  • The Elixir of Love
    by: Muhammad Rayshahri

    Spiritual lessons on the love of Allah (swt) from the life of the 20th century spiritual exemplar, Shaykh Rajab Ali Khayyat. Includes anecotes from his life and practical ethical advice for living a spiritual life.

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  • An Introduction to Irfan
    by: Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari

    'Irfan (Shi'i spiritual teachings) as compared to tasawwuf (Sufism), its beliefs, practices, different parts (Shari'ah, Tariqa, and Haqiqa), as well as its major practitioners throughout Islamic History.

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  • Islamic Gnosis (Irfan) and Wisdom (Hikmat)
    by: Ayatullah Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi

    The Concepts of 'Irfan, Sufism, Hikmat and Philosophy

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  • Lubb al-Lubab (The Kernels of Kernels) - A Short Treatise on Wayfaring
    by: S. M. Husayn Husayni Tehrani

    This treatise (entitled Risaleh ye lubb ul­lubab dar sayr wa suluk e uli al albab) is based on the lectures on practical 'irfan of 'Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i, quddisa sirruh, the great contemporary exegete of the Qur'an and philosopher, delivered by him during the years 1949-1950. Its fourth impression (Tehran: Intisharat e Hikmat,1366 H. Sh. [1987] has been used for this translation.

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  • The Spiritual Significance of Jihad
    by: Seyyed Hossein Nasr

    Definition of Jihad, its spiritual importance.

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  • Hajj (The Pilgrimage)
    by: Dr. Ali Shariati

    Underlying philosophy of every stage of Hajj. A wonderful spiritual preparation for those intending to perform the Pilgrimage

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  • Jihad al-Akbar, The Greatest Jihad: Combat with the Self
    by: Imam Khomeini

    The internal struggle. Recommendations for religious students and seminaries. Importance of purifying the soul. Knowledge and faith. Includes advice on how to benefit from the blessed month of Ramadhan and the fasting and devotion therein.

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  • Perfect Man
    by: Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari

    What makes a man perfect? This text discusses the spiritual reality of man, and the relationship of man with nature.

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  • The Wine of Love, Mystical Poetry of Imam Khomeini
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    The translation of the collection of mystical poetry of Imam Khomeini which was published posthumously in Iran, and has now been translated into English for Western readers.

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  • The Interior Life in Islam
    by: Seyyed Hossein Nasr

    Function and duty of man, outward and inward dimensions of life, supplication of Khwaja Ansari, prayer, hajj, jihad and goals along the journey to God.

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  • Perspectives on the Concept of Love in Islam
    by: Mahnaz Heydarpoor

    This work is an introduction to the subject of love. It covers on the significance and the doctrinal foundations of love in Islam, both Divine love (for Himself, for all beings and for mankind) and human love (for God and for fellow humans).

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  • Al-Siraj: The Lantern on the Path To Allah Almighty
    by: Husain ibn 'Ali ibn Sadiq al Bahrani

    A guide for spiritual wayfarers on ethics and ways to strengthen one's faith, with the goal to reach Allah (swt).

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  • Spiritual Discourses
    by: Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari

    Criteria for humanity, spiritual freedom, nobility, worship and prayer, repentance, migration and jihad, and belief in the unseen.

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  • Adab al-Suluk: A Treatise on Spiritual Wayfaring
    by: Shaykh Najm al-Din Kubra

    Translation of one of Shaykh Najm al‑Din Kubra's treatises in Arabic entitled Adab al‑suluk ila Hadrat Malik al‑Muluk, which consists of two sections. One is a spiritual journey towards God (Haqq) through removal of the veils of negligence and the veils of distance and darkness. The other is a physical journey in the vast earth of God. Out of these two journeys, this work contains the translation of the one related to esoteric wayfaring."

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  • Soaring to the Only Beloved
    by: Abu Muhammad Zaynu'l 'Abidin

    This concise treatise is aimed at making us realize the necessity, possibility, and methodology of attaining this vital spirit of prayer (Salat).

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  • Wilayah, the Station of the Master
    by: Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari

    This text is a detailed study of the different meanings of the word Wilayah. The present translation is a very short example of the writing of the late Murtadha Mutahhari, but it gives a taste of the broad scope of his view of Islam and its dealings with every aspect of human life.

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  • Irfan and Tasawwuf (Sufism)
    by: Dr. Ahmad Ahmadi

    'Irfan (Shi'i spiritual teachings), its beliefs, practices, different parts (Shari'ah, Tariqa, and Haqiqa) and some doctorines of of `Irfan

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  • Inner Voice
    by: Allamah Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi

    Allamah Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi aptly explains the need for man to understand his purpose in life and to be able to ponder over some of the important aspects of our journey in reaching nearness to Him.

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  • Secrets of the Hajj
    by: Ayatullah Husayn Mazaheri

    Secrets, subtle points, and attitudes with which each action of Hajj must be carried out, enabling the Hajj to become more than a physical journey; a journey of the inner soul towards self-purification and the Almighty.

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  • The Final Conclusion- Your Journey to Certainty
    by: Dr. Hatem Abu Shahba

    This text is directed to everyone; those who are looking for the Right Path, those who are lost and who need spiritual guidance, and also those who have already identified the true path but would like to reaffirm and strengthen their faith and beliefs. The author, Dr. Hatem Abu Shahba, takes the reader in an exceptional and rewarding spiritual journey with the sincere attempt to discover the truth and build the foundations of our faith from scratch using logic and common sense only and with an open mind that is ready to accept the truth wherever it is.

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  • A Short Treatise on The Divine Invitation
    by: Muhammad M. Khalfan

    This book discusses why the Holy Month of Ramadān described by the Holy Prophet (s) as ‘The Banquet of Allāh’ and what it means to be his special Guest.

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  • A Short Treatise on The Divine Invitation
    by: Muhammad M. Khalfan

    This book discusses why the Holy Month of Ramadān described by the Holy Prophet (s) as ‘The Banquet of Allāh’ and what it means to be his special Guest.

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  • Vari testi sulla Preghiera
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    Vari testi che spiegano l'importanza della preghiera e la analizzano da varie angolazioni, fornendo regole spirituali e pratiche per la realizzazione corretta di questo grande atto di adorazione verso Iddio l'Altissimo.

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  • Il Messaggio Spirituale dell'Islam
    by: Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai

    Tratto da:"Muhammad dar Ayineh-e Islam" (Muhammad in the Mirror of Islam)

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  • Key Concepts in Islamic Spirituality: Love, Thankfulness and Humbleness
    by: Mohammad Ali Shomali

    In this paper the author discusses the three major qualities that everyone needs to acquire for their spiritual progress, namely love (which has been described as the strongest foothold in Islam), thankfulness (as it is an equal of faith), and humbleness or spiritual poverty (through which piety can be attained).

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  • Heart Comforter
    by: Sheikh Zayn ad-Din Ali ibn Muhammad al-Jab'i al-Amili

    This text deals with how a believer can console his or her heart after suffering calamities and adversities. It contains narrations from the Ahlulbayt on various topics dealing with the rewards of suffering in the hereafter and the importance of accepting and submitting to Divine Will.

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  • The Concept of Love in the Shi'i Creed
    by: Sayyid Muhammad Rida Hijaz

    The concept of love in Shi'ism plays a fundamental and profound role. Love for Allah, the Prophet, and the Prophet's household.

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  • Awsaf al Ashraf - The Attributes of the Noble
    by: Shaykh Khwaja Nasir al-Din al-Tusi

    Treatise about the Spiritual journey, its starting point, the removal of obstacles, states of the wayfarer, and attainment of the goal.

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  • The Fusion of the Gnostic and Politics in Life of Imam Khomeini
    by: Dr. Hamid Algar

    An insight into the Personality of Imam Khomeini.

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  • Merits of the Soul: Struggle against the Self (Jihad al-Nafs)
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    A brief text about the greatest jihad: the struggle against one's self.

    Struggle against the Self (Jihad al-Nafs)

    ... By the soul and (by) Him who made it perfect, and then inspired it to understand what is wrong and what is right for it. Truly is successful the one who purifies (his soul). (Holy Qur'an, 91: 7-9)

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  • Merits of the Soul: Repentance (Tawbah)
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    A brief text explaining the significance of repentance, exploring into the essence of true, sincere repentance and how it can be achieved.

    Repentance (Tawbah)

    O you who believe! Turn (in repentance) to Allah with sincere repentance; Perhaps your Lord will remove your evil from you… (Holy Qur'an, 66: 8)

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  • Diseases of the Soul: Anger
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    A short article discussing the nature and reality of anger, and suggesting ways to control it.
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    Anger (ghadhab)

    …Those who spend (freely) whether in prosperity or in adversity; who restrain their anger and pardon men; And Allah loves those who do good. (Qur'an, 3: 134)

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  • Diseases of the Soul: Prejudice (asabiyyah)
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    A short article that discusses the types of prejudice (asabiyyah), the evil effects of sinful prejudice, and ways to cure it.

    Prejudice (`asabiyyah)

    O people! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. The noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the best in conduct…(Qur'an, 49:13)

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  • La Gnosi Islamica (Irfan) e la Saggezza (Hikmah)
    by: Ayatollah Muhammad Taqi Misbah al-Yazdi

    Concetto di Irfan, Sufismo, Hikmat e filosofia. Pubblicato in inglese in: al Tawhid Islamic Journal vol. 14 No. 3 Fall 1997

    Introduzione

    Nel Nome di Allah, il Clemente, il Misericordioso

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  • Diseases of the Soul: Backbiting (Gheebah)
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    A short article that discusses the great sin of backbiting (gheebah), and suggests a cure for it.

    Backbiting (gheebah)

    ... Nor backbite one another; would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would abhor it. (Qur'an 49:12)

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  • Diseases of the Soul: Envy (Hasad)
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    A short article that discusses the sin of envy (hasad), its causes and effects, and presents a cure for it.

    Envy (Hasad)

    …Or do they envy [other] people because of what Allah has given them of His bounty?(Qur'an, chapter 4, verse 54)

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  • Uma Entrevista com Shaitan
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    Uma interessante conversação entre o Profeta (s) e o nosso inimigo, Iblis

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  • Diseases of the Soul: Self-admiration (ujb)
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    A brief description of 'ujb or self-admiration, its levels and its harms.

    Self-admiration (`ujb)

    Say: Shall We inform you who will be the greatest losers in their deeds? Those whose efforts are wasted away in the life of the world, while they think that they are doing something good. (Qur'an, 18: 103-4)

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  • Merits of the Soul: Patience (Sabr)
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    A short article discussing the types of patience (sabr) and its merits, its relation to divine gnosis, and ways of attaining it.

    Patience (Sabr)

    ...And be patient and persevering, for Allah is with those who patiently persevere. ( Holy Qur'an, 8: 46)

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  • Merits of the Soul: Pursuit of Knowledge
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    This article discusses the different types of knowledge, the merits of pursuing true knowledge, and the benefits of acquiring this knowledge.

    Pursuit of Knowledge

    ..And fear God, (so that) He will teach you... (Holy Qur'an, 2: 282)

    The Holy Prophet (s) of Islam said: “Seeking knowledge is incumbent upon every Muslim, male and female.”[Al-Majlisi Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 1. p. 177]

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  • Merits of the Soul: Trust in God (tawakkul)
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    A brief text about tawakkul (trust in Allah SWT), its degrees and merits.

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  • Different Methodological Approaches to Spirituality
    by: Mohammad Ali Shomali

    In this paper, the author discusses, in brief, the methodologies used by scholars in studying spirituality. He classifies it into three approaches, i.e., the philosophical approach, the mystical approach and the scriptural approach and discusses the importance of all three of them.

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  • La Purificazione dell'Anima
    by: Seyyed Jafar Hosseyni

    Nel Nome di Allah, il Clemente, il Misericordioso

    Per comprendere meglio cosa s’intenda per “purificazione dell’anima”, è prima necessario spendere qualche parola sulla questione dell’arbitrio umano, dal quale dipende la crescita e il declino spirituale dell’essere umano.

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  • Merits of the Soul: Sincerity (Ikhlas)
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    A brief text highlighing the beauty and importance of sincerity in action along with tips for achieving it.

    Sincerity (Ikhlas)

    Surely We have revealed to you the Book with the truth, therefore serve Allah, being sincere to Him in obedience. (Holy Qur'an, 39:2)

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  • Le caratteristiche del numero 40 nello sviluppo delle potenzialita umane
    by: Sayyid Mahdi Bahr al-Ulum


    Le caratteristiche del numero 40 nello sviluppo delle potenzialita umane

    (Estratto dalla "Risalah as-Sayr wa as-Suluk" di Sayyid Mahdi Bahr al-‘Ulum)

    Nel nome di Allah, il Clemente, il Misericordioso.

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  • Tasawwuf (sufismo): il punto di incontro di Tashayyu e Tasannun
    by: Wahid Akhtar


    Tasawwuf (sufismo): il punto di incontro di Tashayyu e Tasannun
    di Wahid Akhtar, Docente di Storia della Filosofia Islamica presso l’Università di Aligarth (Pakistan)

    Pubblicato in inglese su: Al Tawhid, Vol V, # 3 & 4.

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  • Differenti approcci metodologici alla spiritualità
    by: Mohammad Ali Shomali

    Differenti approcci metodologici alla spiritualità

    Tratto da “The Message of Thaqalayn” (Estate 2009, vol. 10, n. 2)

    Mohammad ‘Ali Shomali

    In questo articolo vedremo e discuteremo brevemente le differenti metodologie tra i sapienti musulmani nello studiare la spiritualità in generale e l’etica (akhlaq) in particolare. In generale possiamo classificare le attitudini dei sapienti in tre principali approcci:

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  • Consistenza Spirituale
    by: Molla Sadra Shirazi

    Testo circa la dimensione spirituale,il regno dell'anima, che, una volta operata la distinzione tra il concetto di spazio e il concetto di materia, si può definire una "nuova dimensione".

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    Nel nome di Allah, il Clemente, il Misericordioso

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  • Hajj (The Pilgrimage)
    by: Dr. Ali Shariati

    Underlying philosophy of every stage of Hajj. A wonderful spiritual preparation for those intending to perform the Pilgrimage

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  • Hajj (The Pilgrimage)
    by: Dr. Ali Shariati

    Underlying philosophy of every stage of Hajj. A wonderful spiritual preparation for those intending to perform the Pilgrimage

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  • One Hundred And Fifty Lessons For Life
    by: Ayatullah al-`Uzma al-Hajj ash-Shaykh Nasir Makarim Shirazi

    In this wonderful book compiled by Ayatullah Nasir Makarim Shirazi, the reader learns many beautiful and beneficial narrations from the Ahlul Bayt (as) that teach us how to live a successful life based on the true Sunnah of the Prophet (S). The short but powerful traditions found within this short book serve as amazing examples of Islam's morals and attributes for those who wish to know some of this religion by means of a brief study. The original Arabic traditions are coupled with translation, as well as eloquent descriptions for the benefit of the reader.

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